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39 Good Reasons Not to Circumcise:

"I always see more problems from a circumcision than from a foreskin."

- a paediatrician, quoted on America On Line.

Most of these are (small) risks.
Those marked * are (inevitable) detriments.

1

Infection and sometimes death

2

Haemorrhage and sometimes death

3

*Pain / shock, and sometimes death

4

Meth[a]emoglobin[a]emia, brain damage and possibly death, if EMLA cream is used to anaesthetise a newborn

5

Necrotising fasciitis ("galloping gangrene")

6

*Damage (scarring, pitting) to the glans or *shaft. In the case of Dustin Evans Jr, the scarring caused a urethral stricture (narrowing of the urinary tube), and it was during an operation to relieve this that he died.

7

Urethral fissure/fistula

8

Scaphoid megalourethra

9

"Trapped/buried penis"

10

*Occlusion of penile venous system

11

Urinary Tract Infection

12

Meatitis

13

Meatal ulcer

14

Meatal stenosis

15

Multiple pyogenic [caused by pus] granuloma - a series of papillomatous [brushlike] growths around the circumcision wound

16

Eczema of the glans and meatus

17

Oedema of local tissue

18

Loss of *sensitivity / impotence

19

*Reduced volume of penis

20

May shorten the penis:

"Circumcised men had shorter erect penises than uncircumcised men (p<0.05)." - Richters J, Gerofi J, Donovan B. Are condoms the right size(s)? a method for self-measurement of the erect penis. Venereology 1995; 8(2): 77-81.

21

Painful erections

22

Wound re-opening (in adulthood)

23

Chafing from underwear

"Other circumcised men complain of life-long irritation of the exposed glans as it comes in contact with clothing during normal activity." - "Sensitivity is the Rising Issue on Circumcision" by Dr. Sandra Pertot, "Australian Doctor" 25 November 1994

24

Production of ugly scar tissue, skin-bridges, skin-tags, malapposition (rejoining on the twist) and/or suture holes

25

*Breach of bodily integrity

26

*Breach of human rights

27

*Breach of property rights

28

Psychological trauma, resulting in eg. elective muteness

29

Because he had had enough of a struggle just to be born, and deserved no more pain

30

*Loss of an organ for stimulating the partner and retaining semen in the vagina after ejaculation

31

*Greater need to use lubricant for masturbation or intercourse

32

Loss of an organ for *play, docking, etc.

33

Loss of skin for plastic surgery of hypospadias

34

Loss of skin for plastic surgery to eyelids

35Loss of skin to line the vagina in male-to-female sex-reassignment surgery

36

Loss of protection against frostbite.

37

Because the foreskin evolved over tens of millions of years and every male mammal has one. / Because God knew what S/He was doing when S/He put it there. / Because Nature knows best.

38

Because it aint broke: don't fix it

39

Because he will almost always be glad you didn't

40

*Cost (That's why Elvis was intact.)

 

Eight Debatable Reasons Not to Circumcise:

1

SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - cot death)

2

Because circumcision hinders the establishment of breast-feeding

3

Increased risk of HIV / Increase risk of giving HIV to his partner.

4

Prostate cancer, due to reduced innervation impairing prostate function on ejaculation

5

Impotence

6

Because balanitis may indicate diabetes

7

Because condoms slip off circumcised penes more easily.

8

Because he might be switched with another baby being circumcised at the same time (Memphis, TN, 16/4/98 (AP))

9

So that he can perform the full repertoire of "Puppetry of the Penis" - specifically, the baby bird. One performer, Christopher Cannon, thanks his parents for leaving him intact.

10

So that he can join the Mandaean sect, which forbids circumcision (but doesn't accept converts, either).

 

See also the lists of Functions of the Foreskin and Circumstitions.

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